The Pope Who Would Be King by David I. Kertzer

The Pope Who Would Be King

The Pulitzer-winning author of The Pope and Mussolini, takes on a central, untold story of the Papacy, the revolution that stripped the Pope of political power and signaled the birth of modern Europe.The longest-reigning pope, Pope Pius IX, also oversaw one of the greatest periods of tumult and transition in Church history. When Pius IX was elected, the pope was still a king as well as a spiritual leader, welcomed by the citizens of the Papal Sta...

Details The Pope Who Would Be King

TitleThe Pope Who Would Be King
Release DateApr 24th, 2018
PublisherRandom House
GenreHistory, Nonfiction, Religion, European History, Biography

Reviews The Pope Who Would Be King

  • BAM The Bibliomaniac
    Netgalley #28Many thanks to David Kertzer, Random House, and Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review.RTC
  • Bob H
    This is a well-researched, well-written and unexpectedly gripping account of the reign of Pius IX, the last pope to govern central Italy as a secular -- and absolute -- monarch. The narrative mostly focuses on the first tumultuous years of his papacy, from his election in 1846, through his well-meaning beginnings amid an antiquated government of reactionary cardinals, to the chaos of 1848. That revolutionary year -- much as the Arab Spring was in...
  • Rama
    The tumultuous life of Pope Pius IX Here is an opportunity to study the life of Pope Pius IX and take a journey through the history of Roman Catholic Church that paved the way for modern Europe. Following the death of Pope Gregory XVI (1831–46), the political climate within Italy was turning its tide against Catholic Church’s autocracy. The church was steeped in a factional division between conservatives and liberals. The conservatives favore...
  • Geoffrey
    (Note: I received an advanced electronic copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley)To say I went in knowing close to nothing about the subject matter would definitely be an understatement. Not only that, I wasn't sure what to face after several attempted and eventually aborted forays into reading further into 1848 Revolutions-era Europe, where each time I became far too bogged down in a sheer volume of details. Thankfully, Kertzer does not make the...
  • Jamie
    Big thanks to Goodreads for me winning this advanced copy!I love finding a history book about subject I didn't even know I needed to know about. Now I'm all gung ho to read up some more papal histories. This had great writing that was easy to read and kept me involved in the story. The 90-odd pages of notes and references tells me that maybe a little bit of research was used in the making. Maybe.
  • Ann Green
    Fascinating book that is historically accurate and well written by Professor David Kertzer, Professor of Social Science at Brown University. For a fresh perspective on this time in history and the role of Pope Pius IX, this is a must read. Thanks for the win of this fascinating book the introduction to this author. I will definitely look for other books authored by Professor Kertzer!
  • Joe McMahon
    This book demonstrates the value of closely-focused history. The author has chosen to explore what happened in 1848 and 1849 when Pope Pius IX fled Rome and sought safety at Gaeta in the Kingdom of Naples. "The Pope Who Would Be King," admirably includes what happened before and after those years, but by carefully relating the events in the first few years of Pius's pontificate, he gets into the factors (crafty advisors, fears, religious convicti...
  • Daniel Kukwa
    It surprises me that it has taken this long for a book to emerge about the demise of the Papal States, in the context of Italian unification & the post-1848 revolutions in Europe. It doesn't disappoint: it is straightforward, informative, and plays out like a Shakespearean tragedy. A solid work about a rather forgotten historical event.
  • Zine B. Smith
    This is likely one of the best history texts that I have ever read. The author paints such a clear picture of the events and people involved that it read like a novel. Though I knew the outcome of the events I still had hope and anticipation for the conclusion. Very well done. I highly recommend.